Today, more than ever, I do believe in art and it’s transformative potential for the individual, society and politics. Fundamental to that is a different approach to art than we have it today. We are called upon to leave behind our passive attitude, namely that of consumerism, not least in order to rediscover the great potential within us and reconnect with our divine and creative source. Any good artwork is known to be wiser than its creator at the end of it all. And this in turn depends on those who behold, perceive and receive it. What does the artist think? This is a question that has now come to incense Gerhard Richter to such an extent that he doesn’t even want to think of answering it. And why should he serve our greedy, ponderous beings?
If we start to see and communicate art as what it is, a catalyst that is reflecting back to us and not reflecting something out of us, then we also come to understand that it all starts within us at the first place; then we can finally bring the fundamental truth that there is no aesthetics without ethics into a new state of being.
For me, there is no difference between my personal and professional endeavors. A mindful, spiritual approach that contains a regular self-practice on a daily base is the underlying threat of all my occupations. This is what I desire to deliver and manifest, may it be through writing, teaching, curating or consulting.
It’s more important than ever in these days to connect and build a wide, diverse and constantly growing base of visible interrelation to foster a global shift in society and be actively part of it. Herewith it’s a necessity to foster different ways of bridge building between the worlds and share the variety of entries and possibilities of integrating contemplative, mindful practices as a prerequisite.
At all times, art – in the purposelessness that’s inherent in it – had played a crucial role as a social mirror of its day. A society without art is unthinkable. Art institutions as well as art schools and universities where science of art is taught therefore have a great responsibility. They function not less than opinion leaders and educational establishments and form what will, eventually, be the next generation leaders.
Aesthetics, as I understand it, is not only about the pleasure of works of art or even their evaluation. The Aesthetics of the Real (aesthetics: ancient Greek „perception“, „sensation“) is like a journey. The travellers are the curious ones that are constantly driven by a deep inner longing for the unknown that not only brings a different light into the world but also into themselves.
The linkage is that of rewriting conditioned modes of perception that have taught us to look for answers outside of ourselves instead of inside. Is there a better place to train this than the arts where it’s all and only about perceiving? The question is who and what.